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Last gasp equaliser secures deserved point for Ireland...29/03/2015
Human nature being what it is, the euphoria generated by a last gasp escape as previously witnessed in Georgia and Germany was once again replicated in Dublin tonight as Ireland scored an added time equaliser to earn a deserved draw with Poland. Ireland manager Martin O'Neill selected what appeared to be an adventurous eleven but they were totally outplayed by the visitors during the first half and trailed to a twenty sixth minute goal for which Robbie Brady, operating in the left back position, was primarily culpable. The second half was quite a different affair with Ireland adopting a more traditional formation and applying themselves with renewed vigour. Ireland dominated the half and outplayed their opponents, hit the post twice, but the equaliser just would not come. The introduction of substitute James McClean midway through the half, lent further fire and brimestone and the arrival of Shane Long, with eight minutes remaining proved the final masterstroke as the Tipperary man was on hand to slot home the deserved equaliser in added time.
Ireland starting eleven in the Aviva Stadium tonight...29/03/2015
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has named his starting eleven for this evening's European Championship qualifier against Poland in the Aviva Stadium. Team:- S Given; S Coleman. J O'Shea, M Wilson, R Brady; A McGeady, J McCarthy, G Whelan; W Hoolihan, J Walters, R Keane (C).
Group D opponents in early kick-off action...29/03/2015
Our other Group D opponents were in action earlier this afternoon and both Germany, who won by two goals to nil in Georgia, and Scotland who defeated Gibraltar by six goals to one in Hampden Park secured their expected maximum points to increase the pressure on Ireland when we enter the fray against current leaders Poland later this evening.
Heavy rain in Dublin this morning greets early risers...29/03/2015
The heavy rain which has greeted early risers in Dublin this morning is, the weather gurus tell us, set to relent somewhat this afternoon and evening into scattered showers interspersed with some sunny spells. Gusty to strong wind is also promised but this should have little effect within the Aviva Stadium confines. Rumours of a significant increase in mass attendance numbers, if true, may reflect the concerns and doubts surrounding this evening's seminal meeting with Poland?.
Final training session on Saturday morning...28/03/2015
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill oversaw his squad's final training session in Malahide this morning before the seismic EURO 2016 qualifying clash with Poland on Sunday evening. With a full complement of players available for selection, the Kilrea man will have some significant decisions to make concerning his starting eleven. In the true tradition of the general worthlessness of the pre-match press conference, O'Neill and Robbie Keane took nigh on thirty minutes to reveal nothing of substance in relation to tomorrow's sold out contest.
Disappointment for Under 19s at UEFA Elite Stage...28/03/2015
Following their opening defeat, our U19 side faced a defining contest on Saturday morning against mini-tournament hosts Germany in their second engagement at the Elite Stage of the 2015 UEFA Under 19 Championship. Despite a valiant effort, having conceded on fifty two minutes, Ireland fought back and goals from Jack Hallahan and Joel Coustrain offered hope, but it was not to be as the hosts recovered to equalise and then score the winner in added time.
Concluding Series Five contests in Airtricity League...28/03/2015
The two remaining contests in Match Series Five of the Airtricity League season were played this evening, with Bray Wanderers going down to the only goal from Cork City in the Carlisle Grounds, while in the Markets Field, Limerick lost by two goals to one against St Patrick's Athletic.
Fine tuning Friday morning session in Malahide...27/03/2015
With his coaching Lieutenants also to the fore, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill took a more proactive approach than usual as his Sunday strategies were thoroughly rehearsed in Malahide this morning. With Stephen Ward taking an active part for the first time, the full complement of players appear to be in rude health.
Match Series Five in 2015 SSE Airtricity League...27/03/2015
There were four contests in Match Series Five of the 2015 SSE Airtricity League season, played this evening with defending champions Dundalk easing to a three nil victory over Sligo Rovers in front of the live RTE 2 cameras in Oriel Park. The Brandywell also witnessed a three nil success for the hosts as Derry City downed Drogheda United. Promoted duo, Galway United and Longford Town resumed rivalry in Eamonn Deacy Park with the visitors prevailing by two goals to one. Fierce Dublin rivals, Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian played out a goalless draw in Tallaght.
Under 21s commence UEFA Championship qualifying...26/03/2015
Our Ireland U21 side commenced their qualifying campaign for the 2017 European Championship with a one nil victory over Andorra in the RSC Waterford this evening. The winning goal was scored by Dylan Connolly on thirty one minutes and despite dominating play and generating several goal scoring opportunities, disappointingly none were forthcoming. Ireland are next in Championship action when they travel to Andorra for the reverse fixture on Tuesday the 8th September 2015.
U17s complete UEFA Elite Phase on Thursday afternoon...26/03/2015
Our U17 team suffered disappointment in their their final Group Four European Championship Elite Qualifying contest against mini-tournament hosts Poland in Grodzisk Wielkopolski, this afternoon. The hosts scored the only goal after ten and were in essence comfortable winners. However, with the match between Greece and Belarus ending scoreless, Ireland finish as runners-up to Greece in the Group and will qualify for the Championship Finals in Bulgaria during May 2015.
Disappointment for U19s in UEFA Elite Stage opener...26/03/2015
Our U19 side, guided by Head Coach Paul Doolin, commenced their challenge at the Elite Stage of the 2015 UEFA Under 19 Championship in Germany, with a disappointing one nil defeat by the Czech Republic in the Carl-Benz Stadium, Mannheim this afternoon. The group kicked-off this morning with hosts Germany being held to a one all draw by Slovakia.
Darron Gibson withdraws with groin injury...25/03/2015
Darron Gibson has become the first confirmed casualty of the revised Ireland squad announced by Martin O'Neill at the weekend. The Everton midfielder has been forced to withdraw with a groin injury.
Training day three at Aviva Stadium this morning...25/03/2015
The Ireland squad trained this morning at the match venue, the Aviva Stadium, in a behind closed doors session. News did subsequently emanate that Wes Hoolihan picked up a knock, but it is not believed to be too serious. The post training press conference was taken by Assistant Manager Roy Keane, in a fairly relaxed fashion.
Joe Kilkenny - RIP
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of long standing club member Joe Kilkenny, who passed away on the 18th March 2015. Joe, who was a club member for approaching twenty five years, was just fifty one. Advice on funeral arrangements to follow. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.

Training day two at Malahide for Ireland squad...24/03/2015
Yesterday's missing trio, Robbie Keane, Jon Walters and newcomer Harry Arter all participated in this morning's training session in Malahide. There was less cheerful news for James McClean who suffered an ankle injury and was taken to hospital to undergo a scan.
Under 21 squad prepare for UEFA Championship opener...24/03/2015
Head Coach Noel King has been forced to make two changes to his Ireland U21 squad for Thursday evening's opening European Championship qualifier against Andorra in the RSC Waterford. Defenders, Bradley Garmston and Niall Keown have withdrawn through injury and have been replaced by Reading duo, Sean Long and Pierce Sweeney. It was also announced this morning that following the retirement of long serving goalkeeping coach Alan O'Neill, his replacement will be former AC Milan, Lazio, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.
U17s continue UEFA Elite Phase on Monday morning...23/03/2015
Our U17 team consolidated their position in their Group Four European Championship Elite Qualifying contest, played in Wronki this morning, with a three one victory over Belarus, who had defeated host nation Poland in their opening match. A brace from Lucan United striker Jamie Aherne and another from Josh Barrett of Reading set the seal on victory. Later this afternoon, Greece, with whom Ireland drew in their opening encounter, secured a one nil victory over hosts Poland.
John O'Shea wins 3/FAI International Player Award...22/03/2015
Sunderland captain John O'Shea was named winner of the Senior International Player of the Year at this evening's 25th International Football Awards ceremony hosted by RTE at their Donnybrook studios. Young International Player of the Year went to Jeff Hendrick, while the International Goal of the Year, selected by the general public, was the Aiden McGeady winner against Georgia in the opening European Championship qualifier last September. Andy Townsend was inducted into the Hall of Fame, while FIFA Puskas Award runner-up Stephanie Roche shared the Special Merit Award with the Women's U19 Squad which reached the semi-finals of the European Championship. The International Personality award went to Jan Tomaszewski.





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Scotland (38)
Ireland (67)
Georgia (126)
Gibraltar (nr)

2016 European Championship
(Finals - France)
Qualifying Group D

Saturday 13 June 2015
Republic of Ireland v Scotland
17.00 Aviva Stadium

Friday 4 September 2015
Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland
20.45 (19.45) Faro, Portugal

Monday 7 September 2015
Republic of Ireland v Georgia
19.45 Aviva Stadium

Thursday 8 October 2015
Republic of Ireland v Germany
19.45 Aviva Stadium

Sunday 11 October 2015
Poland v Republic of Ireland
20.45 (19.45) tbc

Friendly Internationals

Sunday 7 June 2015
Republic of Ireland v England (20)
13.00 Aviva Stadium

2017 UEFA U21 Championship
(Finals - Poland)
Qualifying Group 2

Tuesday 8 September 2015
Andorra v Republic of Ireland

Friday 9 October 2015
Republic of Ireland v Lithuania

Tuesday 13 October 2015
Italy v Republic of Ireland

Friday 13 November 2015
Lithuania v Republic of Ireland

Thursday 24 March 2016
Republic of Ireland v Italy

Monday 28 March 2016
Slovenia v Republic of Ireland

Friday 2 September 2016
Republic of Ireland v Slovenia

Tuesday 6 September 2016
Serbia v Republic of Ireland

Friday 7 October 2016
Republic of Ireland v Serbia

2015 UEFA U 17 Championship
(Finals - Bulgaria)
6th to 22nd May 2015

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